Matumbo (tripe) is a very divisive type of food. Some Kenyans relish in eating the stewed or boiled version of a cow/sheep’s stomach lining.
Others turn their noses up at this delicacy due to the overwhelming smell and strange ‘towel-like’ look. However, once you get past the stinky smell and the unappealing look, you can reap the benefits of this meal.
There is a common misconception that matumbo (tripe) does not have nutritional value but we are sorely mistaken.
There are so many reasons to add the humble matumbo to your diet and you can check them out below:
Rich in Protein
Matumbo contains all the nine essential amino acids your body needs to do things like build muscle and regulate immune function.
Helps in Weight Loss
Matumbo is protein-rich so it will help you lose excess weight by making you feel full for longer meaning that you are unlikely to overeat when your stomach is stuffed with protein.
In addition, it doesn’t contain a lot of calories and that is why its recommended for people watching their weight.
Unlike other types of meat like beef and chicken, Matumbo is almost dirt cheap with a Kilo of matumbo going for about Sh300.
It’s a Good Source of Vitamins
Tripe is a good source of Vitamins like Niacin (B3), Folate (B9) and Cobalamin (B12). Niacin lowers cholesterol levels, ease arthritis, helps treat psoriasis and lowers your risk of heart disease.
Folate is needed to make red and white blood cells in the bone marrow while B12 prevents megaloblastic anaemia and keeps the body’s nerves and blood cells healthy.